Now let’s get something straight: we harbor no sympathies for the National Rifle Association (NRA), but c’mon, San Francisco, what in the world are you doing? The news broke yesterday that the city’s board of supervisors unanimously passed a resolution designating the NRA as a “domestic terrorist organization.” The resolution, which implores other cities, states, and the federal government to follow suit, cites federal definitions of terrorism to justify the designation and seems (the grammar is tortuous) to insinuate that anyone who so much as supports the NRA is also a terrorist, with the logical consequence being that they could be subject to federal prosecution. Apart from the fact that under current law you can't designate domestic terrorist organizations, what’s most disconcerting about this resolution is that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors can make a plausible case for their absurd resolution: with the overbroad, vague, and ripe-for-abuse terrorism laws we have in our country today, it isn't difficult to make an argument that the NRA engages in terrorism. But that is just the same for plenty of organizations that the board of supervisors probably supports. Take a moment to let the madness of this sink in. Sunk? Good, now let us make our point clear: Of course we must fight gun violence. But legitimizing an unjust counterterrorism framework is not the solution.

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